While the summer season may not have brought as many bright and warm days as we may have liked, it did bring with it more hours of sunshine. Sadly we have to start saying goodbye to these longer days and start preparing for earlier evenings.
As autumn and winter make themselves known, days will get darker, which can affect your mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can affect anyone and result in a low mood, tiredness and general inability to get up and go.
It isn't known exactly what causes SAD, but it is thought that it is related to the effect that less sunlight has on the body. Low exposure to natural light throughout the winter can affect hormone and chemical production in the body.
However, there are some ways you can keep your mood up throughout the autumn and winter seasons, which could help you carry on with minimal SAD effects. Here are some steps you can take:
More light in the mornings
Start your morning with lots of light. When you're getting ready for work, turn on lights and lamps to simulate sunshine. You can even get an SAD light, which you should put on in front of you for at least 30 minutes when you wake up.
You might not think this will make a difference, but you'll feel more energised and ready to face the day.
A good night's sleep
You should make sure you are getting plenty of sleep as this will help your batteries to recharge and ensure you feel awake throughout the day. Going to bed slightly earlier will also make getting up in the dark a lot easier.
Mood boosting scents
Fragrance can actually help to perk you, especially first thing in the morning. Citrus scents are particularly good for this as they help to make you feel awake and energised.
Something like our Greentea and Grapefruit Room Mist is a great way to release a burst of scent in the morning. Simply spray a couple of spritzes around the room when you wake up and you'll feel instantly refreshed.
Delay your morning coffee
Having a coffee or tea as soon as you wake up can actually interfere with your body's natural waking up processes, which can leave you feeling more tired throughout the day. Instead, save your caffeine hit for at least an hour after getting out of bed.
Slow release energy breakfast
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, so you need to ensure you make time to have a filling breakfast that has plenty of ingredients that will release energy throughout the day to keep you going.
Complex carbs, natural sugars and protein are all key elements to your breakfast. Rather than skipping it or grabbing something quickly on the way to work, prep your breakfast the night before or have ingredients waiting at the office.
Hopefully, all of these steps will leave you feeling more awake and help keep your mood up.